2014 CDQAP ‘Environmental Stewardship’ classes scheduled

California dairies will have an opportunity to participate in environmental stewardship classes hosted by the California Dairy Quality Assurance Program (CDQAP).

A water quality class will be held Mar. 27, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., at the Southern California Edison Energy Education Center, Tulare, Calif.

An air quality class will be held April 3, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at the Fresno County Farm Bureau, Fresno, Calif.

For any California dairy that has not already been “environmentally certified” by the CDQAP program, this is your only scheduled opportunity this year. The attendance to these classes, along with a followup on-site inspection of your dairy, is required to receive CDQAP certification. Besides the benefit of being recognized as an environmentally responsible dairy operator, the certification also means a 50% reduction in your annual fees paid to the State Water Board for the next five years.

A flyer with more information on the upcoming classes can be found on our website at: http://www.milkproducerscouncil.org/2014cdqap.pdf.

Source: California Milk Producers Council


Bill seeks to ensure continued ag education funding

California Assemblymember Adam Gray (D-Merced) introduced AB 2033, co-authored with Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield), which seeks to ensure continued funding for Agricultural Education and the Future Farmers of America program in California.

AB 2033 was introduced in response to a proposal contained in the Governor’s budget that seeks to eliminate the Agriculture Incentive Grant. If enacted, schools offering Agricultural Education programs would no longer receive directed funding to support program standards and activities such as the Future Farmers of America program.

“California’s continued economic well-being is dependent upon a vibrant, sustainable agricultural industry. We need to ensure that students have the opportunity to enroll in high quality programs that have a proven track record of success in our state. Defunding Agri-cultural Education programs in the leading ag-producing state in our nation is not some-thing we should be considering,” said Gray.

In addition to continued Agricultural Education Incentive Grant funding, the bill also seeks to restore funding for all Career Technical Student Organizations that has been eliminated by prior budget actions. With the emphasis on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, these programs provide the opportunities for application of the highly successful “learn by doing” educational methods.


Camp joins CDI executive team

California Dairies, Inc. (CDI), the second largest dairy processing cooperative in the nation, announced that David Camp has joined its executive team as senior vice president and CFO. Camp, a certified public accountant, will be responsible for the financial, accounting, treasury, information technology and risk management functions within CDI. Based at CDI’s corporate headquarters in Visalia, Calif., he will report to CEO, Andrei Mikhalevsky.

Camp joins CDI with nearly 25 years of leadership experience as CFO and controller with expertise in the areas of audits, risk management and financial reporting. He was most recently with Roll Global, LLC, a globally integrated private farming and consumer packaged goods enterprise, where he was the vice president and group controller. His previous experience includes CFO at Technicolor Creative Services, head of internal audit at Novartis, director of internal audit at Kellogg Company, and audit manager at Deloitte & Touche, LLP. Camp is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati with Bachelor of Science degrees in accounting and in finance.


Western Alfalfa Symposium videos, proceedings available

Videos, PowerPoint presentations and proceeding postings from the 2013 Western Alfalfa & Forage Symposium are now available on University of California Extension’s alfalfa and forage website.
Topics covered during the event included hay price forecasts, dairy-industry developments, long-term trends for hay exports, pest management, water challenges facing Western producers, preventing hay fires and more.

Western Regional Dairy Challenge is Feb. 27-March 1

The Western Regional Dairy Challenge organizing committee has registered 67 dairy students from nine universities, representing five states and one Canadian province. The event will be held Feb. 27-March 1, headquartered atThe College of the Sequoias, Tulare, Calif.

Registered students and coaches hail from Washington State University, California Polytechnic State University- San Luis Obispo, California State University-Fresno, Texas A & M University, University of Alberta, University of California-Davis, University of Idaho and Utah State University. For the first time, Oregon State University joins the competition.

At Dairy Challenge, each team of students puts textbook knowledge to the ultimate test – consulting for an actual dairy. Teams inspect an operating dairy, analyze farm data and conduct a question and answer session with farm owners. Then each team develops recommendations for nutrition, reproduction, milking procedures, animal health, housing and financial management. Teams will present their recommendations to farm owners, while being evaluated by a panel of five judges – including dairy producers, veterinarians, farm finance specialists and industry personnel. Western Regional Dairy Challenge is organized and administered by a volunteer committee of allied dairy industry.

In addition to the competition, students have the opportunity for networking and education. A Thursday afternoon workshop series features a team building workshop by Dr. Louann Waldner and a presentation on direct farm to consumer marketing.

North American Intercollegiate Dairy Challenge® (NAIDC) is an innovative two-day competition for students representing dairy science programs at North American universities. Its mission is to facilitate education, communication and an exchange of ideas among students, agribusiness, dairy producers and universities that enhances the development of the dairy industry and its leaders.

The 2014 national contest will be April 3-5 in Fort Wayne, Ind., and hosted by Michigan State University, Ohio State University and Purdue University. Four regional contests are held in late fall and winter; details are at www.dairychallenge.org/calendar_news.php.


Texas A&M pasture, livestock management school set

The longest continuously running livestock and pasture management school for novices is now accepting students, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientist. The program is set for March 25-27 at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Overton, Texas.

Registration is $350 per person and includes meals, including lunches, barbecue, a steak dinner, continental style breakfasts, break refreshments and educational materials. Participants may reserve an opening by phone or email by contacting Jennifer Lloyd, senior secretary, at 903-834-6191 or jllloyd@ag.tamu.edu.


March 31 deadline for enrollment in ‘Nutrients-on-Demand’ program

Nutrients-on-Demand (NOD) is an educational program developed by Western United Dairymen, California Dairy Quality Assurance Program (CDQAP) and Sustainable Conservation. NOD aims to help dairy producers improve the accuracy of applying liquid manure to fields, increasing the efficiency of nutrients while maintaining yields. The program provides easy-to-use diagnostic tools helps track  nutrient application rates based on crop demand, and helps identify manure infrastructure needs and funding opportunities.

NOD runs from March through November 2014. The program requires the dairy producer and/or irrigator to attend three meetings, providing training on field nutrient balance. The program works with farmers to develop a plan for a trial field, review results in the diagnostic tool and identify areas for improvement.

Benefits of NOD include: improved nutrient application amounts and timing; covered cost of lagoon samples for 2014; covered cost of time spent with a consultant; providing 24-hour lagoon sample results; and helping identify programs that may assist with infrastructure improvements. The application deadline is March 31. Contact John Cardoza, project manager, at (209) 576-7731.


Koncar retiring after 30 years at Dairy Council of Utah/Nevada

Karen Koncar is retiring as CEO of the Dairy Council of Utah and Nevada, effective Feb. 28. Koncar started her work with the Dairy Council as a food service and health professional director in 1984.

“When I heard about the job opening at the Dairy Council of Utah, I immediately knew that job was for me,” said Karen Koncar. “During my career, I have been able to work with five dairy board chairmen and incredibly talented dairy leaders nationally to help represent the hard work and dedication of local dairy farmers.”

From 1988 to 1994, Koncar served as the nutrition standards chairperson of the Utah School Food Service Board, implementing programs to increase nutrition levels for school menus. In 1992, she was the vice chair of the Utah Nutrition Council, which provides nutritional information for communities to help citizens make healthier food choices.

“Karen has been a significant asset in the dairy industry for the past 30 years,” said Grant Kohler, Utah Dairy Commission Board chairman. “She will leave a legacy at the Utah Dairy Commission of growing the industry tremendously in Utah and across the country.”

Recognized for her leadership, Koncar was elected in the mid-1990s as the first woman in the country to serve as vice chair of the states and region managers’ organizations. In 2000, she was appointed as the Western Regional Facilitator for Dairy Management, Inc., to integrate dairy programs across the United States. Most recently, Koncar served on the executive committee for Dairy Management Inc., and facilitated new employee training for staff across the industry.

“Her national service at Dairy Management, Inc., has helped shape the dairy industry across the country and has been key in keeping dairy products in the spotlight,” said Kohler. “She has been a friend to dairy farming families and an effective leader in the dairy industry for three decades.”

About The Dairy Farmers of Utah: Utah’s dairy farm families are dedicated to consistently producing high-quality milk and dairy products. Dairy farmers are passionate about their livelihood and interested in sharing dairy agriculture with their local communities. Through their local Dairy Council, farmers are committed to a lifetime of nutrition and on-farm education for people of all ages. To learn more, visit www.dairyutnv.com and www.thecowlocale.com.